2008 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
(1) Demonstrate a strategy for area-wide Aedes albopictus control; (2) demonstrate the public health importance and socio-economic benefits of area-wide mosquito control; and (3) transfer the strategy to end-users of the technology.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Will establish and implement an areawide pest management research and action program for Asian tiger mosquito management which (a) results from a stakeholder partnership and collaboration dedicated to the demonstration and areawide adoption of Asian tiger mosquito control technologies and (b) achieves an Asian tiger mosquito management system so end-users, consultants and other interested parties will be left with an affordable program. This will require the development of a multidisciplinary approach between Federal, State, local and private interests, and whose participants will be involved in the program from conception to adoption.
This research is entirely within the scope of National Program 104 Veterinary, Medical, and Urban Entomology Research, Component 4 Control Technology.
The initial meeting of the program’s leadership was held in Philadelphia in November 2007. In January, 2008, ARS staff from the Mosquito and Fly Research Unit (MFRU) in Gainesville, FL and the National Program Leader for NP-104 visited Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ to meet project staff and prepare detailed plans for the program. A subsequent meeting was held in May at Rutgers University with program participants from MFRU, Rutgers and Brandeis Universities, and the leaders of the Mercer and Monmouth County mosquito control programs to review the status of the program and its numerous sub-projects. During this visit, key urban areas in both counties were visited and field reconnaissance of potential study areas was conducted. The economists from Brandeis University also discussed collection of data that they needed with the two county program leaders. Subsequently, multiple meetings were held in March and April with staff from Clarke Mosquito Control resulting in their incorporation into the project and provision of substantial amounts of equipment, supplies and chemicals, as well as their expertise in mosquito control programs. After an annual evaluation team (i.e., two staff from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an entomologist from Tulane University and from the University of Florida) was selected, a conference call with all of the project participants mentioned above, the evaluation team, the NPL for NP-104, and the ARS Area-Wide Program Coordinator was held in late July to discuss the project. A Google-Docs project summary was developed at Rutgers and serves as an online, electronic repository of information about the program’s 20 subprojects. These subprojects focus on immature and adult mosquito control, overwintering behavior, mosquito surveillance, trap placement, studies of the chemical to be used to kill adult Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, insecticide resistance, development of population genetic markers, use of sterile males for mosquito control, public education, economics, and childhood activity. There are also six sub-projects exploring critical aspects of mosquito life history including blood meal analysis, vertical oviposition, time of day for host-seeking and oviposition, and resting locations. This information indicates the status of protocol development and associated activities, is updated periodically, and can be accessed by sub-project team members as well as all participants in the July teleconference. It also allows the project’s principal investigators at MFRU and Rutgers to easily monitor sub-project activity. In addition, numerous electronic and telephonic communications occurred between the Area-Wide Project PI and the senior project staff at Rutgers.
5.Significant Activities that Support Special Target Populations